If we can understand that enlightenment or translucence is the realizing and developing of our full true potential, our own expression of the unlimited, why are we not using our full potential? This is because we create our own limitations, our core beliefs. This programming or conditioning began before we where six years old.
From the time we are born till we are six years old, a child is pretty much in the delta wave frequency, and the subconscious mind is absorbing all the information that is being processed at that time. This means that up to the age of six the child’s mind is operating in a frequency equivalent to a hypnogogic trance (hypnotic trance). Whatever the child hears is not processed by consciousness. Whatever the child hears is downloaded directly into the subconsciousness. When statements like “You don’t deserve that” or “you can’t do anything right” or “you are a selfish child” are made from parents to kids before they are six, they are directly downloaded in the child’s subconscious mind.
Our subconscious mind operates 95% of the day following the conditioned programs and thoughts. If we have adopted subconscious limiting thoughts like “I am not good enough” or “I can’t” or “I don’t deserve it”, then for 95% of the day, the mind will create a reality in coherence with this limiting beliefs.
When we are born into a society where most of the thoughts about humanity are limited, then we accept them, we take them on. We adopt the idea that if we want to be one with our family, if we want to be loved, basically, we have to do things the way our parents and brothers and uncles are doing them. And we all want is to be loved, we all want to be included, to belong. And our families are the closest people we know, so if we want to be loved and belong, we usually go along with the program and we do and accept the “right things”.
Collective Subconscious limiting programs
We grow up in a society that supports a fear driven system of beliefs. We live surrounded by a world of judgments, a world of ideas about rightness and wrongness. We have learned to think in terms of moralistic judgments and beliefs thatcertain actions merit reward while others merit punishment. We have even learned to enjoy violence and believe that punishment is justified. In most violent TV programs children watch, the hero either kills people or beats them up. We grow up seeing the moralistic statement “People who hurt others deserve to be punished.”, in the T.V., in the news, in the school system, in the judicial system, in our family, everywhere.
Many of the characteristics that drive a society’s behavior (such as deserve-oriented attitude, competition, food issues, incapacity of self-healing, adopting labels, insecurity and separation) are expressions of limiting thoughts adopted since childhood. They are so common to us that we barely question them in depth. We can mentally disagree with them, but we openly accept them in the next subconscious moment.
We grow up in a society that is driven by a language of constant limiting labels adopted since childhood and completely ingrained in daily communication. We grow up in a society that is used to deny the responsibility of our actions. Instead of assuming that we are each responsible for our own thoughts, feelings, and actions, we blame others or circumstances for our feelings and actions.
We grow up in a society that encourages the belief that becoming someone special will bring us lasting satisfaction. The belief that we need to build some kind of personality in order to become someone, a spiritual person, a doctor, a shaman or any kind of labels that identify us and increase the sense of separation.
We grow up in a society that believes that we come to this world to compete with each other in order to survive instead of having a collaborative attitude. We grow up in a society that negates death and views it as something negative. We grow up in a society that fears the unknown and craves for security and control. We grow up in a society that believes we need food in order to be alive, that we will go blind if we stare into the sun, that eventually something will go wrong with our bodies and that we do not have the capacity of self-healing, that only and external medical system will be able to heal you.
So in order to live to our full potential, we must first be able to recognize the subconscious limiting beliefs and programs. Then consciously reflect on them and analyze how ingrained in our mind they are. By deeply reflecting and inquiring into our habitual opinions, points of view, ideas and beliefs we can transcend them and move on.
So get in the habit of challenging your beliefs by asking, Is this true? Some of our beliefs can melt when we simply and honestly ask ourselves if they are true. “Do you absolutely know that’s true?” If it is possible to disagree with this thought, then it is a belief and not reality.
So what holds us back from realizing our full potential are our self-adopted limiting subconscious beliefs, which operate in the background for 95% of our daily lives. Self inquiry is simple. It does not require you to do anything, change anything, think anything, or understand anything. It only asks you to pay careful attention to what is true and real.
With a contemplative practice or with the help of triggering events like a direct experience with sacred plants, (we can call these “radical awakenings”), I have personally witnessed how a growing percentage of people are experiencing within themselves a breakup of mind patterns and beliefs and the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness. I agree with Eckart Tolle that “the arising of consciousness is the next stage in the evolution of humanity,” and with each person who awakens, the momentum in the collective consciousness grows, and it will become easier for others.